Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney.
Peking , November 30, 1896 . (Received Jan. 13, 1897.)
Sir: In my dispatch No. 2645, of November 24 last, I inclosed a copy of a communication which was sent by me to the Tsung-li Yamên, embodying a demand for the punishment of the delinquent Kutien officials [Page 69] and also for the payment of damages to Miss Mabel C. Hartford. I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of the Yamên’s answer to my communication. It will be seen that the Yamên declines to pursue the matter of punishing the officials any further. It denies, in general, the statement that no official has been punished.
I await your instructions as to further action.
I have informed the Yamên that the damages awarded to Miss Mabel C. Hartford can be paid by the Foochow authorities to the vice-consul, W. C. Hixson, and that a translation of their dispatch has been sent to you, and that further instructions are awaited by me.
I have informed the vice-consul at Foochow that the money will be paid to him, and have directed him to receive it and to pay it to Miss Hartford, taking duplicate receipts and sending one to this legation.
I have, etc.,